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CONTRIBUTION: All You Need Is 30 Seconds

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by Shantae J. Edwards          Ask yourself a few questions. What kind of world do you imagine for yourself? More specifically, what ideas are you hoarding in your mind that are collecting dust? Have you convinced yourself that you “don’t have enough time”? This could be because of fear of failure. But, really, how long do you …

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CONTRIBUTION: Intellectual Impartiality: An Essay on Special Education Overrepresentation

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by D. McInnis, Early Childhood Educator, Washington, D.C. A few nights ago, I sat in a room with my colleagues and fellow educators discussing the school-to-prison pipeline, cultural perceptions in the classroom, and the overrepresentation of Black boys in special education. The responses and ideas regarding these systemic issues were both profound and riveting; there was also a collective understanding that …

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Black Girl Magic

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#BlackGirlMagic was originated by Auntie Peebz. I’ve been using the the phrase and hashtag and I want to share what I mean by it.   When I say that Black Girls are Magic, I mean that we are sparkly and full of wonder and beauty and admirable qualities. We are inspiring and hopeful and magnificently cool. I do not mean …

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Just Below the Surface: Near Misses and Bulletproof Jackets

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My Black friends and I talk a lot about the racist encounters that punctuate our lives as Black people navigating a mainly white America. In fact, I’ve joked with some of my friends that one day I will compile all of these experiences into a book, entitled We Were So Happy: Racist Incidents and Microaggressions, where I document the moments when racism …

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Why On Earth Would You Run?

In Art & Culture by N. Young13 Comments

I ran, officer, because I look exactly like the faces of dead teenagers and adults I’ve seen on the news, on posters at protests, and on little alters to the dead in my neighborhood. I ran on the outside chance that I was faster than you and that my speed could help me avoid this: an arrest I did nothing …

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Boobs Like Bombs – A Thought Project

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Men love talking about their penises. This is what a group of my friends and I concluded a few nights ago. They are obsessed with their penises; how big they are, how hard they are, and of course, all the things they are going to do to you with them. As my women friends and I marveled at how much …

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Birthday, First Books, DC & Z

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Hello Beloved I absolutely adore birthdays.  Life is a big deal and each day we’re still here means something. I’m especially cognizant of this in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.  This year, as a means of recognizing my own life and investing in others, I’ve decided to give my birthday away to First Book DC.  They provide brand …

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Trans Lives Matter: 20 U.S. Trans Women Killed in 2015

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Since the beginning of 2015 there have been 20 reported homicides of Trans Women in the United States, the majority of them have been Trans Women of Color and because of the fact that reporting murders involving Trans Women is not consistent and misgendering happens in many cases, this number could be much higher. With marriage equality now being law …

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Five Things Black People Should No Longer Have To Apologize For

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The past several months have been a whirlwind of emotions every time I read another story about the #blacklivesmatter movement. Each new week brings another story of a person unnecessarily gunned down, a community shocked, and families’ lives changed forever. If there could be any greater tragedy than losing a life before prematurely, defining a situation using unconscious bias, stereotypes, prejudices …

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CONTRIBUTION: Advancing Social Justice? There Could Be An App For That

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by Alexandria McBride, Graduate Student The ever-expanding role of technology in our lives is a remarkable testament to American ingenuity and creativity. As the first tech “wearables” arrive on the market (Google Glass and now Apple Watch), the majority of Americans will soon be physically bound to their smart device twenty-four seven. This tech trend has also made its way …

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Decompress with Art, Music, & Media

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Art. Music. Media. I think it’s important for people to have hobbies and activities that provide them with emotional, mental, and spiritual peace. Being able to create, collaborate, share, or enjoy art, music, and digital media allows for people to decompress and express themselves. This past Friday, I was out with friends and as usual, for our little group, racism, …

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Peace so Eternal: I Write to Heal My Soul

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Searching for Love Searching for Peace Peace for all Peace for self Self love Self hate Hate that kills Hate that maintains Maintains the status quo Maintains the oppressive system System that exploits System that wasn’t built for us Us, the people Us, the silenced Silenced and abused Silenced because of our skin Skin that defines worth- or lack thereof …

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Poetry: Freedom, Liberty, & Justice For All

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I’ve been filled with grief and anger these past couple of weeks; injustice and racism take a toll on my health at times. I needed to clear my heart and mind so I turned to poetry. Freedom F*ck this system that wasn’t built for my sisters and brothers and mothers and fathers and me Really don’t have time for that; …

Grief

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It surprises me how quickly and fluidly words flow forth when I’m grieving. Grief is not always accompanied by this clarity, however. Sometimes the grief is just pain, and my body must simply endure it and then vomit it out in its own way: tears, sickness, fatigue. I still wonder where that pain goes when it isn’t received by another …